Sheep Farmers breed and raise sheep for wool, meat and breeding stock.

Specialisations: Stud Sheep Farmer, Wool Grower.

You can work as a Sheep Farmer without formal qualifications, however, livestock farming experience is generally needed. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Breeds and raises livestock for the production of meat, fibre and milk.
  • Monitors and maintains the health and condition of livestock.
  • Provides pastures and fodder to maintain appropriate nutritional levels.
  • Moves livestock to optimise feeding opportunities.
  • Organises and conducts farming operations such as mustering, shearing and drenching livestock, sterilising machines, and collecting, grading and packaging produce.
  • Directs and oversees general farming activities such as maintaining pens, sheds and cages, fertilising, controlling pests and weeds, and growing fodder.
  • Maintains fences, equipment and water supply systems.
  • Organises the sale, purchase and transportation of livestock and produce.
  • Maintains and evaluates records of farming activities, monitoring market activity and planning production accordingly.
  • Manages business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management.
  • May select, train and supervise staff and contractors.

All Livestock Farmers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Sheep Farmers

  • 9,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 75% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 54 hours Average full-time
  • 59 years Average age
  • 29% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Sheep Farmers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 10,700 in 2011 to 9,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Sheep Farmers work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (75%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 54 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 59 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (81%).
  • Gender: 29% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing98.4
Manufacturing0.3
Wholesale Trade0.3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing0.2
Other Industries0.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSheep FarmersAll Jobs Average
NSW35.931.6
VIC29.225.6
QLD3.420.0
SA15.37.0
WA12.310.8
TAS3.52.0
NT0.01.0
ACT0.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSheep FarmersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.5-5.05.0
20-241.4-9.39.3
25-346.5-22.922.9
35-4410.4-22.022.0
45-5418.6-21.621.6
55-5913.2-9.09.0
60-6414.9-6.06.0
65 and Over34.5-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationSheep FarmersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree10.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV19.8-21.121.1
Year 1215.8-18.118.1
Year 119.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below31.0-12.512.5

You can work as a Sheep Farmer without formal qualifications, however, livestock farming experience is generally needed. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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Employers look for Livestock Farmers who can communicate and connect well with others and are reliable.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Food production

    70% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  2. Administration and management

    70% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  3. Production and processing

    69% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  4. Mathematics

    68% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Economics and accounting

    65% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Unstructured work

    99% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  2. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    98% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    96% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    94% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9013.02 - Farm and Ranch Managers.

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